This past fall, the OFAH surveyed goose hunters to get their insight on a September 1st opener for Canadian Geese in the central hunting district. Of the 117 goose hunters that completed the survey, 88% were in full support of a September 1 opening date for geese in their district. Many respondents also suggested increasing the bag limit for Canada geese. Survey results were shared with the Canadian Wildlife Service who are working on the 2018-2020 Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations for Ontario. OFAH representatives on the Ontario Waterfowl Advisory Committee (OWAC) met in October to further discuss the potential for these and other changes to migratory bird hunting. We continue to ask for increased sustainable hunting opportunities, such as extending mourning dove seasons in central and southern hunting districts, and are hopeful they will be included in the next round of regulatory changes. The OFAH works to ensure that all hunters are represented at all levels of government to conserve our resources, while providing sustainable benefits for all.
The OFAH delivered testimony on why fishing and hunting can and should be invested in as a critical sector in Ontario’s social and economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.